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[Excerpt] Imagine a doctor who tells every patient to take aspirin no matter what the aliment, or a carpenter whose only tool is a hammer.

No, this isn't an article about HMO's or an ad for tools. It's about thinking strategically when you file grievances. Rather than "prescribe" a written grievance for every problem your coworkers encounter on the job, or view every workplace issue as a "nail" that needs pounding, you can be more thoughtful and strategic — and strengthen your union and its ability to fight for the workers — by asking and answering questions like those below.


Margolies, K. (2004). Strategic grievance handling [Electronic version]. Steward Update, 15(1). Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations site:

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